After long anticipation and a month after the successful summit with Kim Jong Un, President Trump arrived in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for the historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is the first official, one-on-one meeting of the world’s leading two superpowers leaders.

President Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki for the first official meeting in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, July 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters

The meeting follows a week of high-stakes meetings by President Trump in Europe beginning with NATO’s military alliance summit in Brussels. This was followed by a meeting with the embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May before sitting down for High Tea with The Queen and then a weekend at one of his Scottish Golf resorts.

 

Keen to establish friendly ties and restoration of relationships between the two nations, Trump called the meeting with Putin a “great opportunity” as they sat down together on Monday.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Finnish President Saul Niinisto and his wife Jenni Hauko on Monday at the Finnish Presidential Palace, July 16, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The meeting with Putin is President Trump’s second major summit in less than 2 years in office and after a successful one-on-one meeting and summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in June.

 

Trump’s unconventional but consistent and fresh diplomatic approach which favours direct engagement and communication over exclusion and alienation will be put to test on Monday as he sits down with Putin in their first official meeting since becoming President almost 2 years ago.

 

 

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